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Season Opener


2006-09-01

Once again the reports of Williamsburg’s eminent demise were premature. And for this new season the neighborhood’s galleries are getting wound-up like the rubber-band on a kid’s balsawood airplane. Of special interest: Peter Caine’s raunchy automatons, offending propriety and challenging the “politically correct” at Jack the Pelican. Pierogi presents “Five Years After” a double show by Matt Marello, and Matt Freedman who uses art to analyze the affects that tragic day had on the way we see our lives. Exquisitely drawn maps that seem to co-mingle diagrams of bile ducts with fantasy land masses by Patricia Smith are juxtaposed against a harebrained skateboard simulator with inflated safety cushion by Tom Broadbent at Front Room. Flushed and glistening cheeks of sexually ambiguous subjects echo classical poses in Barnaby Whitfield’s ambitious pastel drawing show titled “Putto Rising” at 31 Grand. A cultural exchange between Brooklyn and Spain has brought the works of Yolanda del Amo, Ruben Ramos Balsa, Rafael de Diego, Esther Manas and Javier Viver, to Dam & Stuhltrager. Finally, weirdness from the heartlands (why do out-of-towners always look strange?) as captured by the photographic collaborative team of J. Shimon and J. Lindemann will grace the walls at Sarah Bowen Gallery.

—James Kalm
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